No worries. If you can’t play, for whatever reason, there’s no pressure to do so.
@GeeBizzle I’m not keen on the clockwork. It’s a faff, and seems like it would heavily skew the game into “how to beat the clockwork”.
We just started the second game though, so restarting with 4 players is an option (presumably Yashima would take on the Chancellor role), as is casting about for a 5th player.